Posts Tagged ‘earthquake’

  1. A minor victory in Italy


    January 30, 2015 by AK

    I’ve blogged about the l’Aquila earthquake trial but neglected to mention that all but one of the scientists convicted by the first-level court were acquitted by an appeals court in November 2014. David Wolman and Lorenzo Mannella reported: Today, after a surprisingly swift-by-Italian-standards appeals process, the three-judge panel acquitted six of the men. The seventh, Bernardo De Bernardinis, received …
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  2. When science has no chance


    September 14, 2014 by AK

    An enlightening piece on the 2012 conviction of Italian seismologists by David Wolman. The prosecutor offered, and the judge accepted, the theory that Italy’s leading seismologists had conspired with the mayor’s office in l’Aquila to send a falsely reassuring message to the town’s residents, who had been warned of an impending disaster by a lay forecaster called Gianpaolo Giuliani, …
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  3. Advances in legal seismology


    May 22, 2013 by AK

    Not only was the 2009 Italian earthquake predictable. The Italian judge who sentenced four scientists to prison for not predicting it knows how to do the trick. On the basis of a technical assessment, Grieco wrote that the quake could have been expected, ”having occurred in what is defined as a return period, meaning the …
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